28/10/2008 - Multicultural Festival Celebrates Southern Downs' Diversity
Community Youth Worker Pam Burley and her enthusiastic team of Young Ambassadors are preparing to celebrate Australia’s diversity on November 23.
Mrs Burley said that the YA team would again co-ordinate the community’s third Multicultural Festival, which aims to promote understanding and respect for our cultural diversity.
“I think generally all Australians enjoy celebrating our diversity and festivals such as this are a great way to promote multiculturalism in the wider community and reduce misunderstandings,” Mrs Burley said.
“The festival also links culturally diverse communities to local, state and federal governments, and other community organisations.”
The festival, an initiative of Young Ambassador PJ Siu Lai, will be held from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, November 23 in Leslie Park, Warwick.
According to PJ, what started in 2006 as a multi-cultural lunch has grown into a fantastic one-day celebration of music, dance, performance and food.
“This year there’s interest from indigenous, Samoan, middle eastern, Persian, Scottish, Filipino, Brazilian, British, Italian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese communities but there’s still plenty of room for other cultures,” PJ said.
“These cultural communities could provide food, costumes, performances, arts and crafts and we’re even looking at the possibility of a fashion parade of the various costumes,” he said.
Organisers are keen for contact from cultural groups who are willing to contribute to the day’s festivities.
For information on contributing to this event, or to collect registration forms, contact Community Youth Worker Pam Burley on 4661 7166.
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